Between Japan and Australia there is Palau Island, a diver's paradise. Clear water and coral reefs attract hundreds of thousands of tourists, more than 20,000 inhabitants each year.
The government believes that the popularity of tourism destinations is damaging to nature and especially to coral reefs.
According to the Palaus government, one of the bears is sunscreen. It is prohibited to sell any UV sunscreen containing chemicals that have been photographed under coral reefs in accordance with the laws that will start in 2020. Tourists can seize prohibited creams and sellers can take the risk of a fine of SEK 9,000 (SEK).
Destroy the paradise.
"Plastic waste, chemical pollution, climate change and resource overuse are threatening our paradise," said Palaus President Tommy Remengesau in an opinion on the amendment.
When an infected bath guest enters the water, the sunscreen slowly rinses out. Approximately 14,000 tons of sunscreen per year are estimated in the garden each year, and some researchers believe that this chemical may rejuvenate or even kill coral reefs.
A quarter of all marine life is associated with reefs that play an important role in the ecosystem.
Sunscreen restraints were previously in the Indian Ocean wallpaper and Australia's Great Barrier Reef. But according to Michael Tedengren, an associate professor of the Department of Ecology, Environment and Botany at Stockholm University, a change in law can not save coral reefs.
If you are talking about tourists bathing, they are at a very low level. Everyone is much more serious when they urinate in the water. Eutrophication will be a much bigger problem than sunscreens they can wear. "
"The smallest problem"
But those affected by coral reefs have no doubt, Tedengren said. It allows tourists to trample them, break the sculptures, grab coral and feed the fish.
The big problem is the people living on the coral reef. They are too crazy to look for. Sunscreen on the skin is actually probably the smallest problem.